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In September of 2018, San Marcos Electric Utility completed a four-year project to replace all current streetlight fixtures with light emitting diode (LED) fixtures.
The light replacement, which cost $705,053 will enable a projected annual savings of $37,844 in electric usage costs, has a lifespan of 20 years, and carries a 10-year replacement warranty, further reducing maintenance costs over time.
The LED streetlights are dark sky compliant and minimize glare while reducing light pollution, increase star visibility, and improve the health and well-being of nocturnal animals as well as human sleep patterns.
“This project was a significant undertaking for the City and staff, requiring substantial financial and staffing resources to complete.” Said Tyler Hjorth, P.E. Assistant Director of Public Services Electric Utility, “ The benefits of electricity cost savings, reduced maintenance, higher quality light and light distribution, and reduction in light pollution made this a very attractive project for the City. We are proud to have completed this project and are looking forward to reaping the benefits of the new lighting for many years to come.”
For more information on the LED Streetlight Replacement Program, contact Tyler Hjorth at 512.393.8309.